DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s tennis team advanced to the ITA Team Indoor National Championships with a 4-0 victory over Old Dominion in the round of 32 Sunday in Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center. The Blue Devils are now 4-0 this season and 3-0 in Durham.
“For the second round of this tournament, it was a great match for us,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “I thought Old Dominion played very well. We didn’t seize control on every court until the middle of the first set. Old Dominion came out ready to fight and ready to compete and I was happy with how we were able to raise our level when we needed to. They will beat a lot of people and will be a very good team. I’m happy for our group and I’m happy that we get to continue on to Seattle and see where we are among the best teams in the country. We’ll take a couple days off that we really need. We’ve gone hard for the last three weeks and we will regroup and come back to play a good Illinois team. We are definitely excited and value the opportunity to be able to play in Seattle with those best teams.”
For the fourth time this season, the Blue Devils won the doubles point to jumpstart Sunday’s match. Sophomore Kelly Chen and junior Meible Chi defeated Natalya Malenko and Nataliia Vlasova (6-2) on court three before senior tandem Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy pulled out the 6-3 victory on Duke’s top court over Holly Hutchinson and Brooke Pilkington.
Chen and Chi are now 2-1 in dual match play while Hamlin and McCarthy are a perfect 4-0.
Not only was Chen the first off the court in doubles but she followed up her performance in singles against Oleksandra Andrieieva. The Cerritos, Calif., native defeated Andrieieva 6-3, 6-3 on court three to push Duke ahead, 3-0.
Chen’s doubles partner Chi tallied the next point for Duke with a 6-3, 6-4 win on court two over Nataliia Vlasova minutes before Hamlin clinched the match for the second time this weekend. Hamlin defeated Alesya Yakubovich 6-2, 6-4 on court six to seal the deal for the Blue Devils.
Chen elevates to 3-0 this season followed by Chi and Hamlin at 4-0.
“Our team did a really good job this weekend,” Hamlin said. “Today was a tough match but I’m really happy with how we competed as a team and came together … I’m happy for some days off. We’ve been training really hard and that will be a good couple days to regroup, relax, get some sleep, catch up on some school work and get back to work.”
With today’s win, Duke advances to the ITA Team Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash., on Feb. 8-11. Prior to the cross-country trip, the Blue Devils will welcome Illinois to Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center Sunday, Feb. 3 at noon.
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#4 Duke 4, Old Dominion University 0
1. #8 Maria Mateas (DU) vs. Holly Hutchinson (ODUW) 7-5, 3-0, unfinished
2. #10 Meible Chi (DU) def. Nataliia Vlasova (ODUW) 6-3, 6-4
3. #37 Kelly Chen (DU) def. Oleksandra Andrieieva (ODUW) 6-3, 6-3
4. Margaryta Bilokin (DU) vs. Yulia Starodubtseva (ODUW) 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
5. #58 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) vs. Brooke Pilkington (ODUW) 5-7, 3-0, unfinished
6. Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. Alesya Yakubovich (ODUW) 6-2, 6-4
1. Ellyse Hamlin/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Holly Hutchinson/Brooke Pilkington (ODUW) 6-3
2. Maria Mateas/Margaryta Bilokin (DU) vs. Yulia Starodubtseva/Oleksandra Andrieieva (ODUW) 5-4, unfinished
3. Kelly Chen/Meible Chi (DU) def. Nataliia Vlasova/Natalya Malenko (ODUW) 6-2
Old Dominion University 3-1
Duke 4-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,2,6)